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Clayton State expands campus on east side

From Staff Reports

When Clayton State University students head back to class Aug. 17, some of those who take evening courses may find themselves in classrooms that used to belong to Atlanta Bible College.

Clayton State University has acquired 12.1 acres to the east of its main campus in Morrow, along with two buildings that sit on the land. The property, on Trammell Road, is the former campus of Atlanta Bible College. University officials are calling the new acquisition Clayton State-East, university spokesman, John Shiffert, said.

"At the moment, we're just going to use it for evening academic classes," he said.

The university's purchase includes a 16,173-square-foot administration building that includes classrooms, offices, a library, a kitchen and a large auditorium space.

Shiffert said the Office of Facilities Management at Clayton State has been renovating two existing classrooms there, and is creating two more from what was once a stock room. The two existing classrooms hold a combined 62 students. The classrooms created from the stock room will seat a combined total of 86 students.

In the future, officials said, the administration building's auditorium, which seats about 150, could also be used for Clayton State Theatre productions and special lectures.

Corlis Cummings, vice president of business and operations for the university, said the school could, in the future, also use the building for day classes, extra library space, and administrative offices.

A second facility on the property is a 10-unit, three-story apartment building, Shiffert said. The apartment building could be used in the future to house visiting scholars, though Shiffert said there are no immediate plans for its use.

Shiffert said the new classrooms, which will seat a total of 148 students, will provide needed space for those in the university's popular evening programs. He said that many of the graduate programs, which attract working students, also hold classes in the evenings.

"If you've been on campus here in the evening, there are a lot of students here," he said.